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bon·sai (bone-sigh) n.

Etymology: Japanese, literally, tray planting; a potted plant (as a tree) dwarfed and trained to an artistic shape by special methods of culture

Also: the art of growing such a plant

Plural: bonsai

Bonsai calligraphy by Eri Takase


I can only mention books I've read (or at least looked at the pretty pictures!), so this certainly is not an exhaustive list, but I will be sure to update it whenever I see a new book!

In no specific order:

  • A Step by Step Guide to Growing & Displaying Bonsai
    Colin Lewis and Neil Sutherland
    ISBN 1-85833-045-9
  • The Complete Book of Bonsai
    Harry Tomlinson
    ISBN 1-55859-118-4
  • The Living Art of Bonsai
    Professor Amy Liang
    ISBN 1-4027-1901-9
  • Bonsai Basics
    Christian Pessey & Remy Samson
    ISBN 0-8069-0327-9
  • Bonsai
    Harry Tomlinson
    ISBN 0-89577-647-2

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